EFCC seals off former Dickson’s aide’s buildings in Bayelsa

Officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have sealed off buildings and other property allegedly belonging to Governor Seriake Dickson’s former Special Assistant on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Mr. Apere Embelakpo.

Investigations Saturday revealed that a palatial and tastefully-finished building said to be owned by Embelakpo along the Azikoro Road, Yenagoa, the state capital, was taken over by the anti-graft agency.

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It was, however, observed that some unidentified youths were still occupying a section of the building.

The youths attacked our correspondent with stones when they discovered that the reporter was trying to take a picture of the building.

While our reporter escaped by the whiskers, one of the stones created an impact on his vehicle.

It was also found that sets of exotic shopping complexes and malls allegedly acquired by the former aide at the Kpansia Market along the Isaac Boro Expressway were also sealed off by the officials.

Sources said the EFCC operatives escorted by some mobile policemen stormed the state capital on Tuesday in search of assets allegedly acquired using MDG funds by the former aide.

An inscription, “property under EFCC investigation, keep off”, was written on the fences and gates of some of the buildings.

Embelakpo is under investigation for allegedly diverting N800m meant for MDG programmes and projects in the state.

His wife is also being probed by EFCC for alleged offences of money laundering, forgery and suspicious transactions amounting to N200m.

EFCC had earlier arrested former Senior Special Assistant on Media to Dickson, Abnedgo Don- Evarada, in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State for allegedly offering a bribe of N10million to the EFCC’s Zonal Head in Port- Harcourt, Mr. Ishaq Salihu.

Don-Evarada reportedly ran into trouble when he allegedly approached Salihu, over the case involving Embelakpo and his wife, Fiene Beauty.



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